Teardrop Pearls are pearls that have been drilled through the end of the pearl instead
of through the center. Shapes used for these strands are typically rice or egg shaped pearls.
Occasionally we have access to other end-drilled shapes, too. Because of the way that the pearls
are drilled, you'll get many more pearls on a strand than center drilled pearls. You'll see this
reflected in the strand price. Pearls that are drilled in this fashion are often called "Dancing
Pearls" or "head drilled" pearls.
A note on sizes: Teardrop pearls are generally described on this page by two sizes or size
ranges (e.g. 5-6x4mm). The first measurement given is the longer dimension of the pearl (the
length of the "drop"); the second measurement given is the width of the pearl.
How Many Teardrop Pearls on a Strand?
That is hard to say! Since teardrop pearls are typically drilled on the ends and are snugged together on the
strand, it is hard to calculate with a formula. If it is critical to your project to know how many pearls are on
a particular strand, please contact us at